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The Paralegal Advisory Service
PASI started in Malawi in May 2000 as a partnership of Penal Reform International (PRI) with four Malawian NGOs, to provide legal assistance to people awaiting trial in prison and defend their legal and constitutional rights.
 

Our Services, Projects & Activities

The PASI initiative is currently a nation-wide programme, deploying trained paralegals to provide legal education, advice and assistance throughout the criminal justice processes, from arrest to appeal, which complement and facilitate the work of the lawyers. Some of the key services, projects and activities that have offered and implemented respectively include the following:

Our Partnerships

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The success of PAS have been demonstrated through effective public/private partnerships in the justice system between the not-for-profit sector and government. The collaborative partnerships that have enhanced Malawi’s reputation for bringing about changes in the criminal justice, particularly as they affect the treatment of juveniles and remand prisoners. Read more..

Our Impact & Community Approach

The programme has built linkages with rural communities and community-based organisations, to spread information about the criminal justice system, and to develop effective referral mechanisms between communities and the justice institutions, particularly as it relates to juveniles, with a view to promoting diversionary and reintegration mechanisms in the community.

Since 2004, over 75% of juveniles have been diverted from police by PAS screening processes.  With Penal Reform International support, the PAS programme has been adapted and replicated both in civil and common-law countries in Africa, including Benin (2002: French MAE), Kenya (2004: GJ-LOS), Uganda (2005: JLOS) and Niger (2006 French MAE). In 2008, the PAS programme started as a pilot scheme in three prisons in Bangladesh (GTZ). With Penal Reform International support, the PAS programme has been adapted and replicated both in civil and common-law countries in Africa, including Benin (2002: French MAE), Kenya (2004: GJ-LOS), Uganda (2005: JLOS) and Niger (2006 French MAE). In 2008, the PAS programme started as a pilot scheme in three prisons in Bangladesh (GTZ).   Read more..